Psalm 119:5
New International Version
Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

New Living Translation
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

English Standard Version
Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

Berean Study Bible
Oh, that my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!

King James Bible
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

New King James Version
Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!

New American Standard Bible
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!

NASB 1995
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!

NASB 1977
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Thy statutes!

Amplified Bible
Oh, that my ways may be established To observe and keep Your statutes [obediently accepting and honoring them]!

Christian Standard Bible
If only my ways were committed to keeping your statutes!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!

American Standard Version
Oh that my ways were established To observe thy statutes!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But, oh, that my ways were fashioned that I would keep your commandments!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
O that my ways were directed to keep thine ordinances.

Contemporary English Version
I don't ever want to stray from your laws.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O! that my ways may be directed to keep thy justifications.

English Revised Version
Oh that my ways were established to observe thy statutes!

Good News Translation
How I hope that I shall be faithful in keeping your instructions!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I pray that my ways may become firmly established so that I can obey your laws.

International Standard Version
Oh, that my ways were steadfast, so I may keep your statutes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that my ways were directed To observe Thy statutes!

Literal Standard Version
O that my ways were prepared to keep Your statutes,

NET Bible
If only I were predisposed to keep your statutes!

New Heart English Bible
Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes.

World English Bible
Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes!

Young's Literal Translation
O that my ways were prepared to keep Thy statutes,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet
4You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently. 5Oh, that my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes! 6Then I would not be ashamed when I consider all Your commandments.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:1
These are the statutes and ordinances you must be careful to follow all the days you live in the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess.

2 Chronicles 7:17
And as for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, doing all I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and ordinances,

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD who takes delight in his journey.

Psalm 40:2
He lifted me up from the pit of despair, out of the miry clay; He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm.

Psalm 119:33
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I will keep them to the end.

Proverbs 4:26
Make a level path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure.

Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright man makes his way sure.


Treasury of Scripture

O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!

Psalm 119:32,36,44,45,131,159,173
I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart…

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.









(5) Directed . . .--So LXX. and Vulg. The He brew is perhaps slightly different, established, or settled. (See Proverbs 4:26.)

Verse 5. - Oh that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! The first four verses of the stanza are concerned with the Law in itself; the last four treat of the writer's relation to it. He begins by expressing the wish that he, at any rate, may always observe it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Oh, that
אַ֭חֲלַי (’a·ḥă·lay)
Interjection
Strong's 305: O! would that!

my ways
דְרָכָ֗י (ḏə·rā·ḵāy)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

were committed
יִכֹּ֥נוּ (yik·kō·nū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3559: To be erect

to keeping
לִשְׁמֹ֥ר (liš·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

Your statutes!
חֻקֶּֽיךָ׃ (ḥuq·qe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute


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